Anne Pro vs Vortex Pok3r

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Anne Pro vs Pok3r

Anne Pro vs Pok3r

60% showdown

A showdown of some of the hottest mechanical keyboards to own. The Anne Pro and Vortex’s Pok3r (Poker 3) are some of the most well known 60% mechanical keyboards. And rightly so, they’re both excellent keyboards for their purposes. That’s where both keyboards start to differ in terms of their features.

On one hand one is built heavy like a tank with good quality components, and refinement from establishing the 60% market. While on the other hand is a keyboard that’s cheap, lightweight, and that’s because it’s goal is to be a portable daily driver.

60% mechanical keyboards are my preferred sized keyboards. They offer functionality and at the same time don’t consume too much desk space. Intelligent design and programmability makes these keyboards every part as capable as their larger counterparts.

A white Anne Pro in the wild

Plenty of similarities

Between the Anne Pro and the Pok3r are quite a lot of shared features. So many that people may struggle to see the difference between the two.

They’re both programmable to an extent, they can both have RGB LEDs as well as PBT keycaps. Use of 60% layouts are cleverly optimised so key shortcuts and full keyboard utility are readily available.

There’s on-board memory on both to save shortcuts, macros, or key layouts. Media keys are available on both keyboards as well as NRKO and Mac compatibility.

Switches are plate mounted on both devices and both keyboards have a standard bottom row. This means replacing the stock keycaps is easy as sets will cater to their layouts.

It’s the uses and build quality of these two keyboards where they start to diverge paths. I recommend both of these keyboards for two different reasons. It’s those reasons that you have to consider when looking at both the Anne Pro and the Pok3r keyboards.

Vortex's Pok3r and Obins' Anne Pro

Pok3r (top) Anne Pro (bottom)

Anne Pro vs Pok3r

With the similarities out of the way it’s time to focus on how each of these two keyboards differ. Below is a table to highlight the differences between the two.

Anne ProPok3r
Gateron switchesCherry MX switches
Bluetooth as well as cable connectivityCable only connectivity
CheaperBetter build quality
Plastic caseAluminium case
LightweightHeavy
High profileFloating key design
Double-shot PBT keycapsDouble-shot ABS*
Connect multiple devicesOn-board programming LED, macro, and key programming
App for LED, macro, and key programmingDIP switches for on/off settings toggle
Battery life of 2 hours with RGB LEDs and a month withoutSwitch between QWERTY, Dvorak, Colemak layouts
1 programmable profile3 programmable profiles
RGB LEDsNo LEDs, single colour LEDS, RGB LED options
Multiple case optionsBlack and white colours
After-market case options are limited due to screw positioningMore after-market case options
Music mode that lights up your keyboard to your music

*Laser-etched PBT for non backlit and single colour models. Double-shot ABS keycaps come with RGB models.

Get the Anne Pro in white 

Get the Anne Pro in black 

Get the Pok3r in white 

Get the Pok3r in black 

Black Anne Pro with LEDs set to blue

Black Anne Pro with LEDs set to blue

Portability – Anne Pro

This is where the Anne Pro shines. Its Bluetooth connectivity with quick connection toggles makes the Anne Pro the ultimate travel companion. Changing connection to a new device is as easy as pressing Fn + 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Bluetooth means a cable is only used for charging or to connect for an improved latency connection. Note: Bluetooth connections aren’t as reliable as wired connections and can have connectivity interference.

Battery life of the Anne pro can vary. Using the RGB LEDs as well as Bluetooth on a high brightness setting will get about 2 hours of battery life. Reducing brightness can get 5 hours of usage out of the 900mAh battery. If you can live without the light show you can get a month of usage from the Anne Pro.

Similarly when travelling you want to be doing it as lightweight as possible and the Anne Pro caters to this. Coming in at 300gs lighter than the Pok3r, the Anne Pro’s 580g (1.2lb) weight makes it a much more portable keyboard.

White DSA caps on Anne Pro

White DSA caps on Anne Pro

Device connectivity

Advantages of a Bluetooth connection as well as a cable connection are plenty. I can connect the Anne Pro to my laptop, my phone, my TV, my console. There’s lots it can do with many applications that makes this a point worth considering.

Will I need to send emails from my phone with it, most of the time no, however, if I’m without my laptop with only my phone then the Anne Pro will help. Alternatively I won’t have to be messing around with cables if I want to lie in bed and search YouTube.

Get the Anne Pro in white 

Get the Anne Pro in black 

Showcasing the RGB LEDs of a white Anne Pro

Showcasing the RGB LEDs of a white Anne Pro

Why you should choose the Anne Pro

You own multiple devices and would like to switch between them without the hassle of connecting and disconnecting a cable. In fact, cables are a thing of the past to you as you’re part of the cord free future.

I prefer Gateron switches over Cherry MX. It might not be worth switching from one keyboard to the other but it may be enough of an inclusion to sway your choice.

Comparing the price of the two 60% keyboards the Anne Pro is quite a bit cheaper. At roughly $50 cheaper than a non backlit model Pok3r you’ll have to decide if the heavy aluminium case is better suited to you over RGB LEDs. The main drawback is that while colour case options do exist, there’s not much in the way of aluminium cases. Though, a group buy for the first aluminium Anne Pro case has happened recently.

Customisation options and key/macro programming is easier with the Anne Pro. While the Pok3r is easy to use with its on board programming, having an app to change configurations on the Anne Pro give it that edge. With the touch of a few buttons, the Anne Pro can be setup to your liking with ease.

Complex lighting modes and macro profiles can be saved to your Anne Pro with a limit of only one profile at a time. What you can do is save more than one configuration to your phone that way you can have more than 4 profiles ready. Transferring over the profiles is the only downside of saving all these settings to your app.

The music mode is also worth picking the Anne Pro over the Poker, provided your device can use it. When paired you can play music that will activate the lighting on your Anne Pro.

Quality – Pok3r

You get what you pay for. With the Anne Pro using cheaper Gateron switches, a cheaper plastic case and stabilisers, you end up with a cheap mechanical keyboard. Sure, it’s lightweight and has Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it the better portable companion. However, the Anne Pro is lacking quality components and the build quality that Vortex offer with the Pok3r.

Quality mechanical keyboards ensure that your money is properly spent on a device that will stand the test of time. Spending more on a mechanical keyboard has to be justified and the price difference between these two devices suggest one has something the other doesn’t. The Pok3r’s selling point is how well built it is despite being more expensive, and sometimes double the price(depending on the model).

There’s no rattle with the stabilisers. The keycaps actually feel pretty nice for stock keyaps. Cherry MX switches are more refined, though scratchier than Gaterons, while also lacking the infamous Gateron switch wobble.

The Pok3r uses on-board programming, meaning it can be programmed when connected to any device thanks to its on-board processor. 3 layers of programming allows for readily available toggling rather than having to load a pre-configured profile saved on your phone every time you want to change.

DIP swtiches on the back of the Pok3r can set the layout from QWERTY to Dvorak or Colemak with the flick of a switch. Caps Lock can be swapped with Fn with one of the DIP switches. While Fn & Pn positioning can be changed to nearly any position on the keyboard with the other DIP switch.

Customised Pok3r

Customised white Pok3r

An excellent case for the Pok3r

As Vortex helped to establish the 60% market, after-market cases cater to the Poker line of keyboards more than the Anne Pro. If you prefer the look of a high profile case, or something with a bit more transparency these can easily be acquired. If you prefer a different material you can choose wood, or even marble cases to give your Pok3r a unique and premium look.

Personally I am a fan of the aluminium case. It’s heavy, sturdy, and makes the sound of each key press pop. I also think the Pok3r looks better as it’s got a floating key design. When it comes to cleaning and replacing keycaps a floating key design is better than a high profile case.

Get the Pok3r in white 

Get the Pok3r in black 

Two tone blues on white Pok3r

Two tone blues on white Pok3r

Why you should choose the Pok3r

You prefer Cherry MX switches due to their refinement and lack of wobble. A premium feeling keyboard appeals to you and you’re not bothered by a cable connection or heaviness. Having an aluminium case does add value to your typing instrument over a plastic one. The sound of an aluminium case makes the typing experience just that much better.

When it comes to looks the Pok3r looks better. At least in my opinion. Floating key design just looks nicer and with the stock keycaps the Pok3r is the better looking keyboard.

If you’re someone who would rather program their keyboard without any software or app, then the Pok3r is well worth considering. The DIP switches on the back offer quick changes without the need to connect the keyboard to anything.

Every day driver that is portable, just not as portable as the Anne Pro. Which isn’t a bad thing. Weight means stability and the weight of the Pok3r makes it feel like it’s premium and sturdy.

A range of versions of the Pok3r exist. The standard PBT keycap model without backlighting, the single colour backlight model, and the RGB model.

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Last update on 2018-12-15 at 22:23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

2 Responses to " Anne Pro vs Vortex Pok3r "

  1. fullpower160 says:

    The vortex poker 3 is so awesome. I got it, but unluckily it has a bug. First of all it doesn’t save the programming and the 5 and some other keys won’t work until i reset the programming, which is quite irritating.
    Best keyboard ever, but the quality control sucks.

    • Rhys says:

      That’s rough. Sometimes some do ship through the QC process, though I can’t say I’ve had any of these issues with my Pok3r. Have you let Vortex know, I’m sure they’d do their best to replace any keyboard with issues like this.

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